Wire Tap: Take a Chansi on this Jet
The New York Jets are one of pro football's pleasant surprises through the season's first two weeks. They sit atop the AFC East standings after knocking off New England, much thanks to the fine play of rookie quarterback
The New York passing game lacks targets, which has helped push
Fantasy owners in need of an upgrade at the receiver spot may want to consider Stuckey, who caught 114 balls combined his last two seasons at Clemson. This week New York will face a Tennessee defense that has surrendered more passing yards (678) than any other team in the league -- suggesting Stuckey could be in store for yet another fine afternoon.
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider ...
Despite playing with a nagging hamstring, Washington caught four balls in the loss to Houston, including an eight-yard score from
It was a big week for the Jaguars' third-year wideout, who gained 106 yards on six catches against the Cardinals. Sims-Walker even caught his first NFL touchdown in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand. It wasn't the first 100-yard performance for Sims-Walker, however; last season he gained 107 yards in a Week 5 loss to Pittsburgh, then didn't gain more than 25 yards the rest of the year. Fantasy owners have reason to believe this year will be different. Through two weeks the Jaguars have shown a willingness to throw the ball more than they have in past years, evident by quarterback
The well-traveled receiver may finally have found a home where he is welcome. Against San Diego he caught all four of the balls thrown to him for 58 yards (27 of those coming on a second quarter score). Washington has good size and is an excellent complement to
Hey, why not? Regardless of what you think of Favre's waffling ways, the old man can still throw the football. Through two weeks he has the third highest QB Rating in the league and is just one of a handful of starters without an interception. Minnesota has simplified the passing attack for Favre, making it easy for him to have success. Fantasy owners can expect for him to get hot in the months of October and November -- same as he did a year ago in New York, when he was one of the most valuable fantasy passers in the game during that stretch. His asking price is at an all-time low, suggesting Favre can be had for a backup's price, but with the potential to have some big weeks in the starting lineup.
Life has been miserable for the running back many fantasy owners made a top five pick over the summer months. Forte has averaged 2.2 yards per attempt in each of his two outings this year, and he has yet to find the end zone. He did catch five balls this past week, but it was little comfort to fantasy owners already feeling the burn. Now is the perfect time for someone to swoop in and make an offer for a player ready to bounce back. Consider that Forte has had to face a motivated Packers 3-4 unit and an outstanding Steelers defense so far. In the weeks ahead he'll face Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Cleveland -- a schedule that should provide favorable results.
No question about it,
The darling of the Packers preseason has made only a few nice plays so far, but his effort against Cincinnati suggests more is on the way. Finley caught four of the seven passes
Even without the quad injury Barber's name would have landed on this side of the buy/sell column this week. He put up good numbers against New York (124 yards and a touchdown) but his declining speed was noticeable on a number of carries. Barber can still pound the football, but in finesse games or blowouts like the Cowboys' Week 1 game, his value to fantasy owners will be limited. Besides,
Benson played like a giant against Green Bay -- 141 yards on 29 carries. A number of his runs extended drives and helped push the Bengals toward victory. But a peek ahead on the schedule suggests Benson is doomed to crash and burn the next month. The next seven games include two meetings with Pittsburgh, two with Baltimore and a date with Chicago. Ouch. Benson's best days of 2009 may already be behind him, and fantasy owners may want to consider hopping off the boat now before it's too late.
Sorry, but there's no way Celek will keep up his current pace (14 catches). As